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Old 04-29-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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Default Big Green Egg or Char-Griller Kamado Kooker

Hi all! We love to BBQ and would like more input on the Big Green Egg and Char-Griller Kamado Kooker. The Kooker is less $$, but I am wondering how it will truly HOLD UP in years to come. I believe you 'get what you pay for"..but also realize that this does not always hold true in all cases.

What do you all think abt these two prooducts?
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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By all accounts, they both are good cookers. Pros and cons to each. I think there are a couple threads on this already. Use the search feature below. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:25 AM   #3
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The char-griller is 1/3 the price of the Large BGE (with no BGE accessories) and I don't believe it will hold up as well over an extended period of time as the BGE. I have used my char-griller extensively during the first month or so that I have had it and it cooks great. I keep it covered and out of the weather when its not in use. As for how long its going to last, only time will tell.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:09 AM   #4
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I have the Char Griller and love it, but there is no doubt in my mind that if I could have afforded it I would have a BGE or a Primo.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:59 AM   #5
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Honestly I'd likely have a BGE if I were wealthy, but up here in the great white north, the Egg is about 5 times as much as what I got my CGK for. (On sale for $299 at Lowes). An egg equipped similary up here you'd be VERY hard pressed to find for under $1400. It really is a total no brainer IMO.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:25 PM   #6
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Like asking, "should I get the Ford Focus or the Ferrari?" Agree with Chris; if you can afford it, BGE or Primo.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:59 PM   #7
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The BGE in all honesty is way over priced as are most ceramic cookers.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:01 PM   #8
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I'm thinking about getting the Char-Griller since it'll be easier to move when I compete and less likely to get broken if I bounce it during loading/unloading.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:02 PM   #9
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I'm wondering what folks are worried about not holding up on the CG Komado?......the gaskets? the metal interior? (It has a replaceable "firebox" inside). Just curious what to watch for.

Is there a valid concern with the BGE that it could crack after expanding/contracting numerous times? Anyone ever loose one to a rock thrown by a lawnmower?

Would either the BGE or the Komado survive a tip over?

If a BGE lasts 3 times longer I could see the argument.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:38 PM   #10
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Had my BGE for five months so I can't speak personally to longevity, but I love cooking on it! My boss's dad has had his for 17 years though, according to him.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:30 PM   #11
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I have the Akorn and so far happy with my purchase and would agree with all of the previous pros/cons. It cooks great but the longevity will be the issue. I have cooked on it twice while it was raining and ended up with water in the removable ash pan. The water was not in with the ashes but in between the layers of metal and poured out of the sliding vent hole when I emptied the ashes. I think it ran down the outside of the cooker and into the seam that holds the ash pan together. I will most likely seal that seam but will also keep it under a roof and covered when not in use. Considering that I could by 3 or 4 of these before I reach the price of an egg; I'll take may chances, but would still love to have an Egg someday.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:45 PM   #12
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Like asking, "should I get the Ford Focus or the Ferrari?" Agree with Chris; if you can afford it, BGE or Primo.

Yeah, but not exactly. I actually think the egg is more like an overpriced Honda Accord. It's a reliable tool that will last forever if you don't wreck it.

Though cheaper, I actually think the KK has more to offer regarding features...I just wouldn't plan on it lasting forever.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:52 PM   #13
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er...wow, apparently I have no concept of time. I guess I've only had my BGE for 3 months, and yet I've somehow gone through 50 lbs of charcoal. hahahahaha, I think I my addiction is worse than I initially thought!
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:48 PM   #14
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Like asking, "should I get the Ford Focus or the Ferrari?" Agree with Chris; if you can afford it, BGE or Primo.
I'm thinking, more like comparing a Ford Focus with a Toyota Camry, that only comes in one color, green. Yeah, slightly better engineered, but both are going to get you from A to B. If you really want to cook in the style of a Ferrari, get yourself a Komodo Kamado.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:26 PM   #15
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Well, you can also consider other kamado grills like the Vision, which is only $670 at Costco (if you can get 'em). They also offer a true ceramic housing for durability. Only question would be how viable the company would be long term. I can only say that their customer service has been really top notch.
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